To the editor,
In the spring of this year, the residents of Willow Lane, Egerton, received a letter from the Municipality of Pictou County, asking us to change the name of our lane as it was apparently causing problems for emergency responders (there is a Willow Lane in another community 25 kilometres farther down the Shore Road.
Had we known all the problems this would cause, we would not have agreed to their request.
The lane was renamed Rosebank Lane (we were assured there is not another one in the county) but now nobody can find us. It is not yet a recognized address by Canada Post, and does not show up on GPS systems. If we were to call 911 our location would show up as Willow Lane but the sign at the end of the lane says Rosebank Lane. Confusing?
The residents were not formally notified when the name changed. Someone put up a new sign but didn’t even tell us it was done. Recently a member of the local fire department spent the better part of an evening trying to find one of the residents (thank heavens it wasn’t an emergency). On another occasion a local delivery company ended up taking the order back as it was unable to find the location. Our recent tax bills arrived with the old address so apparently it hasn’t even been changed at the county office.
It may even be a problem during the upcoming election if the voters list has the Willow Lane address and the photo ID has the new one.
We did ask the county, via the local council member, if they would replace the original sign under the new one, until people get used to the change but were told this would be too confusing.
If anyone else finds themselves in a similar position, make sure you address these problems with the municipality before agreeing to make the change.
Karen Sutherland, Katherine Mills
Residents of ??????? Lane, Egerton